Christmas baubles adorn postbox toppers in Hertford crafters' festive yarnbombing event
- Credit: Secret Society of Hertford Crafters
There's Christmas postbox toppers and then there's the incredible festive yarnbombing exploits of the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters.
Once again, members of the SSOHC have excelled themselves – this year in aid of the Herts & Essex (Ware) Samaritans – with gigantic festive Christmas baubles.
Split into teams, the crafters have yarnbombed 42 Royal Mail postboxes – 28 in Hertford, 12 in Ware, one in Watton-at-Stone, and one at the Van Hage Garden Centre. Forty have baubles.
You can find the locations of all the SSOHC post box toppers at www.ssohc.co.uk
This year there's an additional surprise in store as hiding inside each bauble is a miniature mouse-themed scene. In total there's 222 mice to discover.
Each scene can be viewed through a mouse hole, cut into the bauble.
You may have to look hard and you might want to use a torch to see some of the amazing details inside each bauble.
Secret Society of Hertford Crafters founder member Anne Haworth said: “As yarnbombing by its nature is secretive and anonymous, it also feels slightly naughty going out in the dark to erect giant baubles on postboxes – you don’t get that many chances, especially later in life to be a bit naughty.”
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Anne added: “This is our fifth year of yarnbombing and it is an absolute joy to be a part of.
"For every project, we like to come up with something different and original and to challenge ourselves (and our members) to create something magical for the public to marvel at.”
Central to this year's installations is a massive Christmas bauble on top of each postbox, each one about 60cm in diameter.
These enormous baubles are made from paper lampshades, which are then covered in packing tape, Plaster of Paris, papier-mâché and paint.
Then there's the little mouse scenes created inside. Some of this year’s mouse themes include:
- Brambly Hedge Mice, celebrating 40 years of publishing the Brambly Hedge series of children's books.
- Mice postmen, with thanks to all the postal workers and Royal Mail, for supporting SSOHC over the years.
- Mice choristers in church.
- Samaritans mice hard at work.
- Mice making pizza.
- Mice on a train, outside Hertford East Station.
- Mice shepherds and sheep.
- Mice making a Christmas pudding.
Jo Baily, another founder member of the SSOHC, said: “I am amazed at the skills I have learnt and re-learnt, working on our team's bauble.
"It’s really taken me out of my crafting comfort zone. I have re-learnt how to use Plaster of Paris and papier-mâché, I’ve learnt how to saw plumber’s plastic piping and use more types of glue than I thought existed.
"The new craft skill I loved using most was découpage – gluing tissue paper and patterned napkins to the inside of my bauble, creating a wonderful decorated effect.”
For more information about Herts and Essex (Ware) Samaritans visit www.samaritans.org/branches/ware/
Who are The Secret Society of Hertford Crafters?
Formed in January 2017, the group has around 160 members who have a wide range of crafting skills; from novice knitters to capable crocheters, fabulous felters to quality quilters.
SSOHC's yarnbombing installations have included the Poppy Cascade at Hertford Castle in 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, Enchanted Wonderland in the summer of 2019, Hertford’s Advent Christmas Tree in 2019, and a joint venture with Scott’s Grotto in the summer of this year.
STATISTICS: CHRISTMAS BAUBLES PROJECT 2021
- 2006 - Cups of tea and coffee consumed
- 584 - Hours spent on each Christmas tree bauble on average
- 222 - Mice
- 173 - Metres of ribbon
- 169 - Meetings held
- 120 - Christmas presents and parcels
- 103 - Reused or upcycled items from previous projects
- 62 - Different crafting materials
- 61 - Pieces of cheese
- 42 - Postboxes yarnbombed
- 40 - Enormous baubles
- 33 - Coordinators of Postboxes (COPs)
- 20 - Types of different glue
- 18 - Part mice or mice heads
- 4 - People on average in each team
- 2 - Samaritans mice
- 1 - John Travolta mouse
- 1 - Mouse stuck in a giant snowball
- 1 - Emmental Raducanu mouse